Country Grammar: How Nelly Helped Florida Georgia Line Score One Of 2013's Biggest Hits

Dec 28, 2013

As ubiquitous as the remix has become, it's not something you hear much about when it comes to country music.  It came as a bit of a surprise, then, when a hip-hop remix of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise", featuring rapper Nelly, helped the track ascend to the top of the country charts and stay there long enough to break the all-time record. ("Cruise" is currently the second most-downloaded country song in history, and may soon top that list.)  For more, head over to Morning Edition, where Neda Ulaby examines the market-savvy genre-bending that resulted in one of 2013's most surprising musical success stories.

Florida Georgia Line was unsigned when it recorded the year's biggest country song, "Cruise."
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